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Puttering Around the Islands of Phi Phi

Day 7, 8

sunny 30 °C
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This is my "It's January and it's not -40C face!"

Day 7 was a total beach day. I spent the day reading, eating and sleeping on the beach. Went for my daily massage, 1 hour for $6 and went to bed early as Day 8 was going to be the Phi Phi Island Adventure! This was my second trip tour that I booked in Thailand. I am glad I did not book it online, as I was able to barter a much better deal in person, $55 instead of $105. The trip is a full day our and starts with pick up at the hotel at 7:30 AM, you are then transported to a marina in Phuket Town. At the Marina you are given a light breakfast, pick up your flippers and can help yourself to a bucket full of pills for motions sickness,I recall them telling us not to take more than 2 or you would be asleep for the duration of the trip. You are then loaded onto a gorgeous speed boat to Phi Phi Island. I was lucky to get a seat in the front of the boat with a group of Russians. There Russians did not believe in following rules, smoking and would try and stand while we were flying in the water. After repeatedly being asked to sit down, one fell and hit his head on the railing. I can't imagine any one felt bad for him! The boat ride is FAST, and it was a windy day, bumpiest boat ride I had been on. I am lucky, I don't get motion sickness, however, there were some people on the boat that were not as lucky. I just had to watch out for my Russian friends falling overboard or on me. Before getting to Phi Phi island you stop and have an opportunity to snorkel. The snorkeling was not as good as the Bahamas or Panama but there were plenty of fish and the surroundings are beautiful. At Phi Phi Island we got off to have lunch. Interesting lunch of rice, pasta and chicken fingers. Phi Phi Island was devastated in the 2004 Tsunami and thousands of people lost their lives. It has been completely been re-built and there is a new warning system and signs indicating the evacuation route.

I simply can not imagine what this must of been like. Surreal to see the power of a Tsunami

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Regardless of your language the sign says it all
After the island, the boat stopped at several islands including Khao Phing Kan Island where they filmed the James Bond movie: The Man with the Golden Gun. Our last stop was an island that was set up for tourists with restaurants and lounge chairs. We had 2 hours to spend and explore the island. After being stuck in traffic for about an hour made it back to the hotel for 5:30 PM. Here are some more photos of the day. The photos can't capture just how beautiful the area is!

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Traditional Long- Tail Boats. I would love to come back and hire someone for the day to take us from island to island

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Monkey Island- Monkeys live on the island, disgusting to see the amount of garbage has accumulated.

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Basking in the sun, my hair is a mess from the speed boat

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Phi Phi Island in its beauty

Posted by anthonyfalls 00:07 Archived in Thailand Tagged beach phi_phi_island monkey_island long_tail_boats khao_phing_kan_island

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